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Detailed documentation of the "World of Tomorrow" in beautiful Kodachrome.
This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives
Producer: Medicus (P.)
Audio/Visual: Si, C
Keywords: World's Fairs: New York, 1939-40; Amateur films
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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Subject: My dad was there
Hard to believe this was taking place the year of my birth. My dad and a couple of his friends visited it. Came back with a few souvenirs which my mom still has.
Germany about to invade Poland. WW2 weeks/months away. So many of those young fellows visiting lost in the war.
Kodachrome film. Try and view your VHS tapes after 70 years. DVDs too.
Subject: very interesting!
looking back in time like this cool! it looked in a way like it could of been made not too long ago. cant explain y i felt that. & 2 think those women, if some r alive could of been grandmas! look grandmas on the internet-topless!
im just kidding :). it is an interesting piece of footage! great time capsule!
Subject: Fun Fun Fun in beautiful Kodachrome
Some charming moments, some awkward moments.
Some moments purely of the time, some moments that could happen in almost any decade.
Most of this footage would get an instant 4/5 from me. However, the footage of naked women swimming, and some not-naked but barely dressed women sun-baking instantly makes this 5/5.
Not that I'm a perv, but how often do you see beautiful women barely dressed in beautiful Kodachrome?
Subject: Titillation at 1939 World's Fair
I read somewhere that Mike Todd (Producer of Around The World in 80 Days and third husband of Elizabeth Taylor) produced the sideshow acts and that they featured naked women. Now I can see the proof.
Truly remarkable footage. Like going back seventy years in a time machine.
Too bad the future didn't turn out as rosy as promised at the fair!
Subject: Rimshot, Please!
The biggest understatement in history:
"They like jacks."
Made me smile. :^) These are just classic images.
Subject: Son worshippers??? hahahahaha
Here we go!
We start off by seeing Chinese barkers! He has 2 girls up with him.. From there we go to the ultra bizarre Salvatore Dali Aquarium where thereÃÂs topless swimmers swimming aroundÃÂ Wow. At the tail end of this scene, watch for the ULTRA bored model whoÃÂs somewhat buried up to her waist, for what reason I (and probably she) canÃÂt fathom. From there, we go to the ÃÂStrangeÃÂ exhibit.. yes thatÃÂs what itÃÂs called, where theyÃÂve got HULA dancers! Strange! From there, a short trip to the Semiole stage.. no idea what that is.. Medicus again cuts to some black people in the audience.. not too sure what was up with that. From there, we go to quite possibly the greatest thing IÃÂve ever seen, the exhibit for Olga, The Headless Girl! The building and poster all look priceless, but whatÃÂs inside? We find out!!! WHOA!!! Experiments in the revival of organisms would be proud! ItÃÂs an obvious fake though.. Love the twitches! From there, we go to the ÃÂFrozen Alive!ÃÂ exhibit, where, yes, girls are put in blocks of ÃÂiceÃÂ. Suuuure. Watch them twitch! Lol. From there, we go to Admiral ByrdÃÂs Penguin Island, where first we see a Husky dog.. to no doubt prove that these are ARCTIC animals weÃÂre dealing with here! After that, we get to see Penguins In Actions! They swim, waddle etc. You know.. like penguins. Nothing extraordinary. From there, we go to ÃÂDilgongÃÂsÃÂ (what kind of a name is that?) where thereÃÂs an ÃÂAfricanÃÂ show going on. Yes, African voodoo ceremonies here. Betcha 50 bucks they also come from Jersey. We then watch some kids go on some ride.. no idea what they get on though,.. we just see them go through the turnstiles lol. From there, again, we see more black people! HmmmmÃÂ From there, we see some NEAT mototama type cars. They look totally fun! Kids could drive around! Wee! Whoa, they could go fast.. From there, we go to a rocket ride.. Uh.. Oh man, that looks nauseating, IÃÂd just rather skip that ride, alright? (actually I probably wouldnÃÂt!!) Hey! WeÃÂre still in Laffland! Yay! More motorama cars!! Whoa, these look different.. faster!! Weee!! We wander through the crowds, till we hit the Savoy, where thereÃÂs ÃÂThe WorldÃÂs Greatest Colored Dancers!ÃÂ and actually, their dancing IS funÃÂ We go to the water fountain to get some water, and cutting from the Savoy to this scene makes us realize that of course, this is the white people water fountain.. Then to eat! Perhaps the FAMOUS chicken inn? From there, we people watch for a while, and uh some of the people ARE strange, check out the two ladies with matching prison garb on! Whoa!!
From there.. Uh, itÃÂs the ÃÂNTG Congress Of BeautyÃÂ, which is similar to the Midget land in reel one, except this one is dedicated to uhhh, ÃÂson worshippersÃÂ. This is somewhat hard to explain, but these seem to be women with flesh colored bras frolicking around in the areaÃÂ And thatÃÂs it.. They may be resting, talking to another, playing jacks.. This is all too strange, and probably the most sexist part of the fair. The whole thing left me with a bad thing in my mouthÃÂ But all of this is a MUST SEE on this site!
Subject: Sideshows, Dali, Rides and Topless Dancers
This reel shows lots of sideshow barkers, Salvador Dali's "Dream of Venus" walk-through funhouse, some odd amusement rides, penguins, and topless women. The reel to watch if you love carnivals and midways.
00:00 TITLE "This reel will take us around the Main Loop Section in the Amusement Area."
00:08 EXT Giant on top of midway building, pan down to crowd walking
00:17 EXT Japanese barker, small crowd
00:40 EXT Japanese pavilion
DREAM OF VENUS:
00:40 EXT Salvador Dali's "Dream of Venus" walk-thru
00:40 EXT Fish-shaped ticket booth at "Dream of Venus"
01:00 EXT Woman standing on "Dream of Venus" marquee, waving to customers
01:11 EXT More distant shot of previous, showing marquee detail
01:15 TITLE "Dali's surrealistic swim suits opened new vistas."
01:22 INT Topless woman swiming in aquarium.
02:44 INT Woman, arms and shoulders sticking out of crater, plays with hair. Kalidoscope arrangement of mirrors.
03:21 EXT "Strange As It Seems" barker.
03:37 EXT "Seminole Village" barker.
03:44 EXT Seminole Village crowd, pan to follow three teenage girls.
03:52 EXT "ALIVE - OLGA THE HEADLESS GIRL - HOW LONG CAN SHE LIVE?" Barker.
04:09 INT Olga the Headless Girl.
04:31 EXT "Frozen Alive - Death Defying Feat". Barker, women in swimsuits.
04:49 INT Frozen Alive show
06:02 EXT "ADMIRAL BYRD'S PENGUIN ISLAND" Barker, huskie.
06:35 INT Penguin Island, feeding
08:42 EXT "Dugongs". Barker in safari suit and pith helmet. African drummers and "Witch Doctor".
09:12 EXT Dugongs. "Witch Doctor" apparently revives dead man.
10:22 EXT Children getting on unidentified ride -- Tumble-Bug?
10:30 EXT Two bored-looking boys sitting on a bench.
10:34 EXT Two very bored-looking Boy Scouts sitting on a bench.
10:39 EXT Crowd shot, camera follows woman in colorful dress, sunbonnet.
10:43 EXT Child watches roller coaster go up lift hill.
10:48 EXT Miniature automobiles on oval track.
11:00 EXT Strato-Plane. Rocketship looping ride with counterbalance.
11:12 EXT Animated "LAFF LAND" sign. Mr. Punch and two skeletons do an undulating dance.
11:16 EXT Different miniature automobiles. Track rotates to increase cars' speed.
11:27 EXT Long shot of "Savoy" building, crowds walking.
11:40, motorized touring chair enters from left.
11:45 EXT Closer shot of Savoy facade, motorized dancing figures.
11:57 EXT Savoy show. Jazz band, jitterbugging dancers.
12:41 TITLE "The Drinking Crowd."
12:47 EXT People at drinking fountains.
13:27 EXT "Famous Chicken Inn"
13:38 EXT "NTC Congress of Beauty" marquee, crowd walking past.
13:49 TITLE "The visitors were more interesting than some of the attractions."
13:52 EXT Crowd scenes.
14:46 EXT Motorized touring chair approaches camera, three passengers, driver in back wearing pith helmet.
14:32 EXT More crowd shots.
14:45 EXT "NTC Congress of Beauty" sign.
14:48 EXT "NTC Congress of Beauty" marquee, barker.
15:08 TITLE "These Ladies are Called SON WORSHIPPERS."
15:14 EXT Various shots of women in transparent bras outdoors -- playing cards, sunning.
18:27 TITLE "They like jacks."
18:31 EXT Women playing jacks, etc.